NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings
Field meetings are open to members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under NEWS items).
Field meetings for 2019 are listed below.
Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn. Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant. Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.
Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations! Also note that return times are approximate only.
Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:
Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925
Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.
Please note that the price for the bookable trips is now £17, not £15 as advertised. This is due to increased operator charges.
Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips
A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.
Spring flora and fauna (including mosses and liverworts) of this area west of Sawley.
Meet at the parking area just off the B6265 at the top of Sawley Moor Lane (grid ref SE232675) - if travelling west towards Pateley Bridge it is first left after the Sawley turning. From there we will car share to Eavestone Lake.
Gouthwaite Reservoir, Scar House and Angram
Meet at Gouthwaite main car park at 9.30am in cars.
Looking for waders and spring migrants, stopping en route for raptors, Pied Flycatcher, Dipper.
Scar House car park for lunch looking for Ring Ouzel, Wheatear etc. A walk to Angram for those who wish.
RSPB Fairburn Ings
Meet in the reserve car park at 10am in cars.
Looking for passage birds, terns, waders, warblers, Great White Egret and Spoonbill which bred 2018. 75 species were seen on 2018 trip.
RSPB members should have membership cards with them.
Cow Myers botanical workshop
Looking for Spring flowers - Globeflower, orchids, Butterwort, Herb Paris etc.
Meet at Lindrick Livery stables (SE267726)
Evening Nightjar Walk, Stainburn Forest
Meet at Stainburn Forest car park, Little Almscliffe at 9pm in cars. Looking for Nightjars and roding Woodcocks. The walk is approximately 1 mile each way on a good forest track. Please bring torch for the return walk. Midge repellant is essential.
YWT Askham Bog
Royal Fern, marsh orchids, Bog Myrtle, Great Fen Sedge & much more; butterflies
Meet at the Car Park SE575481
(NB we need to make a donation to YWT for this special event, so please be prepared!)
Book with Kerry
Botanical field trip
In search of Teesdale specialties
Meet at Bowlees Visitor Centre (NY906283)
Book with Muff
South Gare flora and fauna
Exploring the Nature Reserve for its rich flora including many unusual plants
Meet opposite fishing huts at NZ55612746
Book with Kerry
National Meadows Day at Farnham Gravel Pit
Various activities, floral and faunal – come and enjoy Farnham on National Meadows Day!
No need to book
Botanical workshop, Farnham Gravel Pits
To explore the varied flora including orchids and aquatics
Book with Muff
Meet in the reserve Car Park SE513173, see YWT website for detailed directions
Book with Muff
Fungus foray around Swinsty Reservoir
Meet at the reservoir car park, SE186538
Book with Muff
Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.
Annual General Meeting
HDNS Guest lecture: Birds' eggs
Yorkshire to Wales and beyond
Paul will cover his move to Wales last year, and also illustrate his travels to Finland, Spain and Bulgaria
The IATS project
Last year the "In at the Start Project" at High Batts won the national community prize in the Heidelberg Quarry Life Award. The project focuses on a programme of species recording and habitat development on a new quarry extraction site; this is a chance to hear what has been achieved to date and future plans.
Hope for Hen Harriers?
James will talk about the RSPB’s work to protect birds of prey in the British uplands, and the battles that our birds of prey are facing in the uplands.
From Paris to Harrogate: How local action on nature can help tackle climate change
The Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015 set out an ambition to pursue efforts to keep global temperature rises within 1.5?C. The world’s leading climate experts have warned about the risks to the natural world if we fail to do so. Simon will set out some of these risks, what needs to happen in Yorkshire to reduce these risks and what we can all do to help, from planting trees to stopping fracking.
Since its creation as a flood risk management and managed realignment site in 2006, Graham has monitored the birds and wildlife on the 440 hectare site for the Alkborough Flats Partnership, Natural England Environment Agency, North Lincs Council and ABP, and provides a detailed insight into the changes that have taken place on the site and the way birds have adapted to the changes.
The Birds and Culture of Bhutan
Invasive non-native species
Invasive non-native species are the second largest threat to global biodiversity. Like much of the world, Yorkshire’s habitats and ecosystems are being impacted by an array of non-native species. What can be done to tackle these species? And how can we reduce the threat of new introductions? Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have been working for a number of years to tackle these troublesome species and protect Yorkshire’s wildlife. We will reveal more about these species; why are they so successful? their impacts, and what is being done here in Yorkshire to tackle and win the fight against Invasive species.
From the Notebook – a photographic journey
Harrogate to Hungary, Filey to Fuerteventura: travels of a European birdwatcher.
Farming & Wildlife
An illustrated talk about wildlife conservation on farms mainly in Yorkshire both in the uplands and the arable east.
1280 and counting- Flora of HDNS area
Everything a non-botanist needs to know about the flora of the HDNS area but was afraid to ask. We'll look at the history of plant recording in our area - who recorded what and when - followed by a tour of the area by habitat / species (not all of them). What makes our area special from a botanical perspective and then round off with a botanical quiz just to make sure everyone has learned something.